Shy Tom and Ready Jake

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by flatrockpoultry, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. flatrockpoultry

    flatrockpoultry New Egg

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    My 2 year old Tom has yet to strut, gobble, or really even look at the hens. The new jake is trying really hard but much to his dismay the hens don't squat for jake. Much to my delight 1 hen started laying 3 days ago. Is cracking an egg and checking for the bullseye my only way of knowing for sure? BTW new 50 x 50 pen is almost complete. Photos to come after it looks like more than posts in a field.

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  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    :welcome

    Could be your tom has, for one reason, or another, a low testosterone level or is otherwise physiologically limited (mating drive can be highly variable for any number of reasons). Separating out one male, or the other and placing that male with hens (out-of-sight of other male), could improve chances of successful congress.
     
  3. flatrockpoultry

    flatrockpoultry New Egg

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    Excellent recommendation, all of the poles for the 50 x 50 pen is up. Need the bracing attached and the fence tacked on. Ample room for separation.
     
  4. flatrockpoultry

    flatrockpoultry New Egg

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    100% correct. Put jake in the new pen and tom started strutting and gobbling immediately. Jake is not worried though he is try to service the chicken hens as the dust bathe.
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  5. flatrockpoultry

    flatrockpoultry New Egg

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    Hooray broody hen.
     

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